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Wonderland Namibia

17 Days

Windhoek to Windhoek

SELF-DRIVE TOUR
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Experience Namibia’s entirety from the world’s largest sand mass in the Kalahari Desert to the second largest canyon on earth. Get drawn back in time by visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskop and let yourself be captivated by the surreal dunes at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Discover UNESCO and RAMSAR World Heritage Sites and the ancient San and Damara cultures. Encounter the rich and diverse wildlife of the Etosha National Park.

Wonderland Namibia
Classification Classic and Superior and Guestfarm
Vehicle recommendation SUV or 4×4 Double Cab
Accommodation As specified
Meals Classic: 16 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Superior: 16 breakfasts and 13 dinners
Guestfarm: 16 breakfasts and 6 dinners
Activities
As specified
Optional extras
Additional excursions / activities on request
General
Deluxe travel planner
Excluded: all international / domestic flights and taxes • visas • travel and personal accident insurance • personal expenses • excursions / activities not specified • gratuities
  • Scenic walk along the Fish River Canyon
  • Visit traditional San and Damara villages
  • Petrified Forest in Damaraland
  • Local museum in Tsumeb
  • Visit a traditional Himba village
  • Ghost town of Kolmanskop
  • Game drives and walking trails

Day 1 | 50km

WINDHOEK

After arrival at the international airport, you proceed via mountainous terrain to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, which has an afro-European flair and peaceful atmosphere. In the evening enjoy typical Namibian cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants in the city.

Classic overnight: Capbon Guesthouse.
Superior overnight: Olive Grove Guesthouse.
Guest farm overnight: Capbon Guesthouse.

Day 2 | 260km

KALAHARI DESERT

Traveling south after breakfast, you will soon see the red sand of the Kalahari interspersed with yellow grasses, shepherd’s trees and acacias. Your lodge is situated on a private game reserve where oryx, springbok, zebra, and a variety of smaller game species abound. In the late afternoon experience the Kalahari and its symbiotic components on a sundowner / nature drive (optional).

Classic overnight: Intu Africa Camelthorn Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Intu Africa Zebra Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Kalahari Auob Camp – Breakfast.

Day 3-4 | 430km

FISH RIVER CANYON

This morning you travel further south into endless plains dotted with dolerite hills and desert-adapted vegetation. Visit the quiver tree forest at Keetmanshoop, before arriving at your lodge, situated close to the Fish River Canyon. The following day, after breakfast, travel a short distance to the magnificent Fish River Canyon. Enjoy this natural phenomenon, the second largest of its kind in the world, with its awesome splendour and adapted fauna and flora on a scenic walk along the ridge of the canyon. After the visit travel back to your lodge, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Classic overnight: Canyon Village – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Canyon Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Canyon Roadhouse – Breakfast.

Day 5 | 420km

LÜDERITZ

Your journey continues past Aus and down the open plains of the Great Escarpment to Lüderitz. En route see if you can spot the wild horses of the Namib, and, once in Lüderitz, enjoy a scenic drive to Diaz Point, site of Bartholomew Dias’ landing in 1488.

Classic overnight: Kairos Cottage – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Nest Hotel – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Zur Waterkant Guesthouse – Breakfast.

Day 6 | 270km

HELMERINGHAUSEN

This morning visit the ghost town Kolmanskop, the remnant of a bustling diamond town that flourished here from 1908-1950. Travelling north, your next stop is situated in a more densely vegetated area along the foot of the stunning Tiras Mountains.

Classic overnight: Namtib Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Kanaan Desert Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Dabis Guestfarm – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 | 240km

SOSSUSVLEI

After breakfast you travel along stretches of grass plains interspersed with huge mountain ranges into the area of Sossusvlei, where you lodge is situated. En route you may choose to visit Duwisib. At your lodge you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Classic overnight: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Ababis Guest Farm – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8 | 200km

SOSSUSVLEI

Today calls for an early rise, as you will forever remember the picture of a sunrise over mighty dunes in the Namib Desert. Gaze at the bright splash of sunbaked sand combined with the mighty play of shadows cast onto the layside of dunes. After taking a walk along or even up some of the majestic dunes, travel back to your lodge. Stop at the Sesriem Canyon, a 30m deep gauge eroded into the desert floor by the forces of the mighty Tsauchab River.

Classic overnight: The Elegant Desert Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Ababis Guest Farm – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9-10 | 350km

SWAKOPMUND

After breakfast, travel through two rugged passes and via the Welwitschia plains and the Moonlandscape to Swakopmund. Better known as Namibia’s playground, this idyllic town is wedged between the sweltering Namib Desert and the cold Atlantic Ocean, and enjoys a distinct German architecture and atmosphere. Swakopmund has numerous activities to offer.

Classic overnight: Swakopmund Sands Hotel – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Strand Hotel – Breakfast.
Guest farm overnight: Orange House – Breakfast.

Day 11 | 340km

ERONGO REGION

Departing the coastal town of Swakopmund you travel east towards the picturesque Erongo Mountain Range. Traveling past the Spitzkoppe you have the exceptional opportunity of visiting an authentic village of the San community living here. At the lodge you have enough time to spend at leisure along the sparkling pool, or explore the small town of Omaruru and its surrounds. Experience the magical sunset around a fireplace and marvel at the African sky whilst sipping your favourite Namibian sundowner.

Classic overnight: Omaruru Guest House – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Erongo Wilderness Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Omandumba Guestfarm – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12 | 340km

DAMARALAND

After breakfast you continue into the Damaraland where you visit Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site and an open air art gallery that boasts over 2500 different Bushman rock engravings and rock paintings. Close to Twyfelfontein, you can also visit a traditional Damara village, the original inhabitants of the Damaraland. Furthermore visit the Petrified Forest where pre-historic tree trunks jut out between patches of Welwitschia.

Classic overnight: Twyfelfontein Lodge – Breakfast and Dinner.
Superior overnight: Doro Nawas – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Bambatsi Guestfarm – Breakfast.

Day 13 | 210km

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

After a relaxed breakfast you can visit a traditional Himba village and meet these proud and statuesque people. The Himba still adhere to their traditional values and cultures and are one of the last truly nomadic tribes in the world. Travel further north to the Etosha National Park, which, with its numerous waterholes, is home to the array of 114 different animal and 340 different bird species that thrive here.

Classic overnight: Okaukuejo Camp or Toshari Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Epacha Game Lodge & Spa – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: Eldorado Guest Farm – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 14-15 | 300km

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

The entire day is enjoyed game driving in the Etosha National Park. Shortly before sunset you travel out of the park to your lodge. The following day, after sunrise you again travel into the park again, enjoying the sight of pronking springbok and playful animals announcing the start of another glorious day. The dense stands of mopani forests support a large variety of browsers and specialized predators such as leopards, while it offers a variety of migratory as well as non-migratory bird species safe cover and nesting sites.

Classic overnight: Etosha Aoba Lodge – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Mushara Outpost – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: NWR Rest Camp – Breakfast.

Day 16 | 380km

CENTRAL NAMIBIA

Departing the Etosha National Park region you today travel through the main agricultural and cattle farming region of Namibia. In Tsumeb you are able to visit the local museum depicting the mining history of this town as well as a few artifacts from the souring areas depicting the colonial past of this region. At you lodge you have time to explore the diverse wildlife on an optional guided nature drive or on numerous scenic walking trails.

Classic overnight: The Elegant Farmstead – Breakfast.
Superior overnight: Okonjima Plains Camp – Breakfast and Dinner.
Guest farm overnight: WABI Guestfarm – Breakfast.

Day 17 | 275km

DEPARTURE

Enjoy a pre-breakfast walk along one of the scenic mountain trails. After strolling through one of the large craft markets in Okahandja, your route takes you between high mountain ranges back to the capital city, Windhoek, where your tour ends.

Breakfast.

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